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good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday morning. i'm lester holt. normally we would be starting over there at home base, but today we are starting outside. come with me. for weeks we have been telling you about an nbc news initiative called education nation and we are getting started today. education nation is essentially the beginning of a conversation about the state, the status of education in this country right now. our goal is to inspire, to enlighten, to listen, possibly provoke as we try to figure out how our children are learning and why, in some cases, they are failing. why some kids are being left behind in our system. whether or not you have a child in school right now or not, this matters to you. the president of the united states recently said it's an
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economic issue. how our children are learning. the conversation will be taking place at a place we call education nation learning plaza. it's just across the street from our studio. there it is. that's where we find my colleague jenna wolfe. >> here we are at education plaza. we converted the plaza into this massive education community right here. it's a pretty large feat and there was a lot involved in putting this together. five days, 120 hours, 200 people working around the clock to construct basically an interactive exhibit about education here on rockefeller plaza. a lot of people have come together.teachers, students, leaders in politics, business and technology to discuss the challenges and opportunities in education today. so this learning plaza right here is going to include a series of five galleries open to the public and we are going to give you a tour of some of them
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coming newspaper the next hour. the galleries include interactive tool that is allow you to play around a little bit. not just from here in new york city. you can get a chance to do some of this stuff from the confines of your own home as well. we'll give you a tour over the next hour of everything going on and give you a chance to play around a little bit with some of this. first, we want to get right to it. we're going to start with lester. >> we have a great morning ahead. we're going to begin the conversation with david gregory moderatinging a special edition of "meet the press" here on education plaza. good morning. >> good morning. >> i'm not sure who's the guest of who here. we have heard the numbers. we as a country, 10th in reading literacy, 24th in math, 12th in college completion rates, as you look across the world. this president, every president has run on a platform of education will be a priority. has president obama lived up to the promise? >> i think he has. the accountability movement in
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school reform goes to president bush who did you want get a lot of credit because no child left behind was unpopular in many ways and they didn't feel they carried through on it. but trying to hold teachers and school districts accountable is an ingrain part of the movement now. in that way the administration now has gotten -- both sides of the aisle. the problem is so deep, so large that it's going to take a while to make accountability stick. >> one of your guests today, the secretary of education, arnie duncan, said education should be one of the main things people look at when they are choosing a candidate. do voters place this as a priority? it's not the sexy topic sometimes when we look at terrorism and other things. >> i think that's such an interesting point. if you do poll people, we know education ranks so high, but "waiting for superman" the film that's out this weekend
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underscores this. you scratch your head and say, gosh, this is a mess. it seems so big. one of the things i want to do this morning is cut to the core of the problems, a, to talk about what's working and how to break down the problems to start addressing them. what's the bottom line? do we have the best teachers in front of our kids? gettingi into that point is wha the reform movement is about. >> the president's weekly radio address talked about the pledge for america, the republican pledge that they have released. one thing they talked about was repealing the health care bill. but most people not only don't want it repealed, they want more added to it. do republicans have to refine the message and take a better look at it? >> from a political point of view if the message is government's out of control. they passed a huge entitlement that will cost a lot of money and have you felt the effects of it yet? that has the shot to be a
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winning political message. the more people start to feel health care reform, so the argument goes, it will become more popular. that's not been the case across the board yet with health care reform and that's why the president has to keep hammering away at it. >> this pledge for america, many compare it to the contract from 1994. how does it differ? >> well, it's very similar. it looks specifics that the '94 contract had. one thing that's similar is what's more important than the pledge to america, more important than the contract with america is the political climate in which they are operating. it is the unpopularity of president obama that's hurting democrats more than faith in the republicans which, by the way, is an argument that the president is trying to exploit and say, look, the alternative is not the way to go here. >> good to have you here. looking forward to the broadcast. we want to head inside to tamron hall with the morning headlines. >> good morning, everyone.
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we begin with a miracle at jfk airport. a jetliner skidded down the tor mac surrounded by sparks when a faulty landing gear caused the pilot to make an emergency landing. the delta flight diverted to the airport after the right wheel jammed. this video is from a passenger cell phone. amazingly no one was hurt. it is unclear what caused the malfunction. in chile, the first of three rescue capsules arrived at that time mine where 33 people have been trapped since august. the phoenix capsule is equipped with oxygen, communications equipment and an escape hatch in case anything goes wrong during the 15-minute ride back to the surface. officials hope to start the rescue in late october or early november. a crucial deadline today in the effort to keep mideast peace talks alive. direct talks began three weeks ago but a ten-month israeli moratorium on new settlements in disputed territory expires at
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midnight. at the u.n. yesterday, mahmoud abbas said israel must choose between peace or letting construction resume. israel has no plans to extend the deadline. in texas, family and friends remembered reggie garrett saturday at a private church service. the 17-year-old collapsed and died during a game last week. another memorial took place at a stadium where teammates honored reggie's number 12. the cause of death has not been determined. finally "snl" kicked off last night. while they poked fun at politicians, the tables were turned when regular target new york governor david paterson stopped by. >> ladies and gentlemen, i wanted to come here tonight before my time as governor of the great state of new york ends to tell you that working in albany is just like watching "saturday night live." there are a lot of characters. it's funny for ten minutes and then you just want it to be
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over. >> also making cameos, former cast members jimmy fallon and tina fey along with justin timberlake. now back to the learning plaza with lester and jenna. >> not a bad cast. >> good start to season, yeah. >> thank you very much. it's chilly here in new york this morning, a little bit. let's check on the weather with janice huff on the plaza. >> good morning. it is chilly this morning of 90 degrees in new york. everybody's wearing jackets. i want to show the crowd. we are on the plaza to start and we are typically inside, but there is a huge crowd here in blue shirts. today is -- they are here because of mesothelioma research to make people aware of research, support and advocacy in the fight. we are happy you all came today. thanks for coming down. [ applause ] let's check the weather and see what's happening. showers and thunderstorms across the southern states today.
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watch for heavy rain. atlanta, knoxville into the florida panhandle. you could see anywhere from an inch of rain to as much as five inches of rain around tallahassee. there is an area of low pressure there, so it's bringing cooler temperatures. that's good for many southern states and much needed rain slides up the earn seaboard eventually to the northeast as well where we definitely need the rain, too. in the west, the heat wave is in place for california and the southwest. temperatures topping 100 degrees today from las vegas, phoenix, to los angeles. all right. good morning to you. the heat around the bay area yet again today. we wake up with a couple 50s and few 40s into the north end of the bay. the heat is still coming back at us. we do have patches of fog along the coast, that's the only place you will notice a little cooling today. even then we're only cooling to the 70s. a nice afternoon along the beaches. yesterday we were in the 80s at the beaches. notice it's a little cooler but still a nice day there.
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mid and upper 90s in the warmer spots there and tomorrow a bit warmer. summer, but now things are heating up. still hot over florida with readings around 90s. 60s and mid 70s here. a megachurch will give its pastor a chance to address the church for the first time since allegations that he lured young men into sex with gifts and travel. ron? >> reporter: good morning. these allegations have stunned this congregation of 25,000 members, especially in light of eddie long's silence. silence he's breaking today. >> somebody needs to celebrate that moment. >> he's used to having audiences hang on his every word, but today it's likely to be wrapped with tension like never before.
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he was sued in court by four former members of his church and satellite church for pressuring them into sex after the legal age of consent. >> the manipulation starts at 14 or 15 so they are indoctrine ated into this man and then he goes forward with the next phase. so the law may not recognize it as child molestation, but i assure you abusing somebody like this and abusing the pastor yawl relationship like this is not right. >> let me be clear. the charges against me and new birth are false. i have devoted my life to helping others and these false allegations hurt me deeply. but my fate is strong and the truth will emerge.
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>> reporter: debate on air and online have been passionate on both sides. one of the accusers, 20-year-old maurice robinson was arrested over the summer with a burglary at long's church. the case is still pending. >> everything said right now is just because of that. they think it's all lies. >> eddie long told his congregation and family, this is a difficult time, and this is when you see where the veil comes down. one person from the congregation said it is god's job to judge him. another said i have witnessed had him buying he can peexpensi at the mall. he should step down. >> we will be right back. last year. (oof). i had a bum knee that needed surgery. but it got complicated, because i had an old injury.
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one person can make a difference. ms. dixon calls her son her baby genius. at 9 years old he's in a hurry to head off to fourth grade, but if you ask one of his former teachers -- >> he was more worried about fooling around and getting people to laugh at him. he didn't have the direction he needed. >> reporter: his grades bs and cs and sometimes worse. that was last year. >> what was the problem? >> i forgot to put a zero. >> i got an a in math. >> reporter: this is just one example of the remarkable change taking place at charlottesville, north carolina. only 26% of third graders passed standardized reading tests. 41% past reading. this year 66% passed reading and
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86% passed math. >> it was a reality check for the staff that it was as bad as it was. nancy came to sterling two years ago. under the new program the initiative teacher program, she removed five teachers and given bonuses to hire five of the best teachers in the district. >> it's bringing the best teachers chteac teachers we can find. >> reporter: kurt johnson is one of those teachers. his track record shows he's effect of taking students who are low scores and help them push. >> somebody has to take an interest in them and the walls will come down, they will open up and trust you and that's when
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the learning happens. >> reporter: it was the individual attention javon needed to still have fun while focusing on the future. >> he knows where he wants to be, yale, be a brain surgeon. he is constantly making sure that what he's doing will get him to that end. >> i want to get my master's degree, my bachelor's degree, my doct doctoral degree. that will take a long time, but it pays off. >> reporter: that's one school turning things around. >> i know there will be a town meeting later. >> reporter: it will be packed with teachers from across the country so teachers will follow this town hall online. i will be in the audience asking teachers questions. they are on the front line, tell
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us what we must do to go forward, tell us what's working, not working. they are seeing the faces every day. brian williams will moderate it it. we will hear candid conversation and hopefully turn it into action. >> thank you very much. we will be back with more after these messages. [ man ] symbicort improves my lung function... starting within 15 minutes. [ woman ] symbicort will not replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. it is a combination of two medicines and should not be taken more often than prescribed. [ man ] symbicort contains formoterol. medicines like formoterol increase the risk of death from asthma problems, and children and adolescents may have an increased risk of being hospitalized for asthma problems. [ woman ] symbicort is not for people whose asthma is well controlled with a long-term asthma control medicine like inhaled corticosteroids. once your asthma is well controlled, your doctor will decide if you can stop symbicort
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afford it. get california working again-for all of us. still to come on "today," "waiting for superman" a powerful film making people question how we educate children in this country. and ken burns is back with a look at theca salnd and steroids that plagued the boys of summer. first, these messages.
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good morning, everyone. 6:26 is the time. it is sunday morning. you're looking out from san jose this morning. sun about to come up on what is expected to be another string of hot days. let's get to meteorologist craig herrera who has the details. >> garvin we had 90s yesterday. notice a little cooling at the coast but that's about it. it's going to be in the 70s there. waking up to 50s. you talked about a spring of days. tomorrow is going to be the hottest day. the cloud cover headed up to right into washington, just north of oregon, but right
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behind it there's more hot air that continues to blow on in. we've got this ridge of high pressure that's not going to go anywhere today that breeze along the coast will keep us in the 70s and 80s and 90s around the rim of the bay and inland spots into the upper 90s. we've got the spare the air today as well for the santa clara valley. air quality expected to be unhealthful for sensitive groups. highs back up into the 90s for most locations. 85 san francisco, 95 san jose, and lots of mid 90s for the north end of the bay. seven-day forecast, 100 plus tomorrow. >> wow. thank you very much. another byproduct of these hot temperatures, fires. right now, a firefighter is recovering from injuries after flames burned through grass lands in bow day ga bay. along highway 1 near the community of valleyford. the fire broke out around 1:00 yesterday afternoon sending massive plumes of smoke. right now over 80 acres have burned and one building is a
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total loss. the fire knocked out the 911 service in the bay area overnight, forcing the fire department to handle all emergency calls. so far there's no word on when that service will be restored. on a hot day like today, many people like to flock to the beach to cool off, but for some time there's been a downside to jumping in the water at one popular alameda beach. it's happening at crown memorial state beach. the beach is not closed, but for several years some swimmers have been getting a rash once they go in the water. it's the result of a parasite carried by the japanese bubble snail. the snail was first detected in san francisco bay in 1999. it surfaced in the waters off alameda's beaches in 2003. swimmers itch ranges from a minor nuisance to something similar to poison oak. reducing california's carbon footprint has been one of governor arnold schwarzenegger's priorities. as he prepares to leave office, the governor ponders whether the state will remain focussed on clean energy or adopt a new
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approach. tomorrow governor schwarzenegger will be in santa clara to discuss the future of the state's climate change law approved in 2006. he'll also talk about his recent china trip and that country's progress with clean energy. coming up at 7:00 on "today in the bay" a bay area convention where a lot more than politics is in the air. the buzz on the attempts to legalize marijuana at this weekend's bay area cannibis convention. that plus all your top stories coming up at 7:00. right now back to the "today" show.
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we're back on this sunday morning, the 26th day of september, 2010. it's a great day on our plaza. our thanks to everyone who came down to say hello to us, to friends and family back home. thanks, guys. outside on the learning plaza, i'm jenna wolfe along with lester holt. we kicked off the week-long discussion about education in our country. coming up we are going to show you what's inside each of the five galleries displayed here on the plaza. >> i was taking a quick tour. cool interactive stuff designed to show us how our schools, teachers, students, communities are connected. perspectives on the individual
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learner to the community and the nation as a whole. you can take part in the summit from home. we'll show you how in a few minutes. >> we have been talking about the documentary all morning, "waiting for superman" the documentary that outraged people and leaves them questioning this country's education system. this film follows five children whose education and future depend on winning the lottery. the film has a lot of people talking and this morning we'll meet the oscar winning director of the movie. >> if it was meant to provoke information my wife and i have been talking about nothinging else since we saw it. another film maker joins us this morning. ken burns. 16 years after his hit series "baseball" in 1994, the product of the history of america's past time, burns is back with "the 10th inning." we'll talk to him in a few minutes. >> this i'm excited about. i saw part of the first one and he rarely does sequels. we have a lot to get to. let's start off with another
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check of the weather and janice huff. >> we're going to look at the weather. it's cooling off in the east and heating up in the west. temperaturewise across the nation, readings in the 60s and 70s in northeast. it was around 90 yesterday in new york city and warm temperatures. same thing tomorrow. a slight risk of severe weather expected across parts of virginia down through coastal carolinas and into georgia. tomorrow afternoon from the storm system that's moving that way with heavy rain today and more heavy rain tomorrow and the showers up the eastern seaboard. mild temperatures across the great lakes. warm weather over the rockies and texas. plenty of sunshine over the western two-thirds of the nation west of the mississippi river. in the pacific northwest we'll have clouds. it looks like the hawaiian islands and alaska, sunshine there and quiet good morning. i'm meteorologist craig herrera. we have mostly clear conditions all over the bay area.
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some patches of fog along the coast and that's where we'll cool off a bit. we have a spare the air day. another one tomorrow. and the santa clara valley air quality expected to be unhealthful for sensitive groups. people with upper respiratory problems should take it easy. 70s along the beaches, more of those 90s everywhere else even around the rim of the bay. tomorrow's the warmest day, seven-day forecast, more of those 100 degree readings tomorrow. border, parts of montana and the dakotas. and the southwest will be hot at 100 degrees again. >> when you are here, you can always check out the weather on this time it's time to talk about the football forecast because tonight is football night in america, football night here on nbc. looks like we will see temperatures in the 80s in south florida. jets against the dolphins. a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. not too bad. should be mostly dry. that's a check of your forecast.
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here is lester. >> we are excited about this plaza. it will open up later today. contains five galleries, which will allow visitors to explore education. the idea on this game is to find out how you learn, because that's the key, adapting education to an individual's learning styles. the first one tells us how we learn. that's the first exhibit and many exhibits by learning, listening, strategizing. many using new strategies to tailor to each needs. the school creates an individual curriculum for each student, customized to his or her needs and the ways they learn best.
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teachers at school gather data about students and adapt their live lessons accordingly. it gives kids a chance to excel because they are learning in the way that's best for them. a way for you to get involved, logon to education and we have a learning assessment tool that helps you figure out how you learn. they ask questions from if you are a good listener, do you like to listen to music when you study, questions like. that logon to the site, take a short quiz and it will determine if you learn physically, even logically. do it and if you can come down later today when this opens, that's better. >> i'm in the educatihe ha educ. these are the people who made us fall in love with school.
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karen, let's talk of what's here. this is this interactive kiosk where you can record a video message to one of your teachers, where you can be on many camera and talk about your teacher or educator you were quite fond of. you can do it here or at home. and here a lot of people from nbc have taken a card, filled out and written to their favorite teacher and pegged it up. this is to my fourth grade teacher, mrs. goings. i have a lot to write. thanks for making me believe that even p a clown in fourth grade can be a host of the today
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shoe. what do you think? >> there are educators who are amazing. there are 50 of us who are products of amazing teachers and have amazing teachers across the hall from us. >> you are going to be giving 15-minute demonstrations. >> yeah. >> what's your demonstration? >> i'm teaching about three different poetic devices. it's geared for high school. >> poetry. you seem fired up about this? >> education is so important, and it's finally getting a spotlight. >> and you are making fun. >> they are making it fun for us. >> excellent. enjoy your time here and the different pedals. we send it over to another one. >> i'm in the nation pod or
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pedal. you can see what lead versus to say about education. folks can hear in their own words what they think. we have another interactive thing to tell you about you can do here or at home. you can look up the scorecard for the public school in your area. with me is the president of strategic initiatives at nbc. congratulations. look around. how do you feel? >> it's fantastic. our goal was to create a conversation about the state of education and why it matters and talk about solutions. one of the things we have come up with is a web tool that tells you how your child is doing, how the school ranks against other schools in the district and in the state. >> this school we select south dakota ne-- selected is near my mother's home, which is a pretty good school. >> we have north joshua
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elementary. you can see that 92% passed their reading exams and 98% passed their math exam. that compares to 84% in the state and 86% in the state. so that school is doing great. that's what you need to do, how your school is doing. >> and here? >> if you want to find out how your state is doing, we look at graduation rates. look at wisconsin, 90% of its students are graduating in four years, but nevada, 51% is graduating in four years. that school is having an issue. but it's critical for people to understand why does this matter. look at high school annual income. 26,000 if you graduate with a diploma and $17,000 if you don't. >> you can do this at home. >> go to education >> it can tell you how to build
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relationships with h principals and teachers at home. >> up next --
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we're going to talk now about a documentary that has a lot of people fired up. "waiting for superman" is directed by academy award winner davis guggenheim. he hopes the story about the state of american education starts a national conversation about our public schools. here's a little bit. >> i want to be a nurse. >> i want to be a doctor. >> how come?
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>> because i would like to help somebody in need. >> you wake up every morning and you know that kids are getting a really crappy education right now. >> so you think most of the kids are getting a crappy education right now? >> i don't think they are. i know they are. >> davis guggenheim joins us now at learning plaza. thanks for being here. i saw the movie on friday. it is incredibly provocative and has people talking. you explored education in 1999. you did a film about teachers in their first year of teaching in los angeles. was that what inspired you to go back and look at what's happening in the schools? >> yeah. i saw these teachers and they brought so much passion and wanted to change the lives of kids. when i saw what happened outside the classroom, i realized that someone needed to tell the story about the system that is really broken and we are not going to fix our schools unless we deal with that. >> the whole title "waiting for superman" is we keep waiting for someone to save our schools.
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you basically follow five children whose parents are invested in wanting the kids to get a great education. they are not in great schools and they are in a lottery to get into better schools. how did you choose them? are they representative of -- how many kids in this country? >> you fall in love with daisy, anthony and bianca. daisy wants to be a doctor and you believe she can be. her parents are working double shifts to make her a doctor. you realize the only way she's going to do it is if she wins the lottery, if the ball bounces her way. it's heart-breaking. you realize what's at stake. and there are millions like her. >> that's the point. it's the luck of the draw. where you live, you end up going to a neighborhood school unless you can get into the schools. >> we thought the problem was over there. maybe those kids, the poor kids. now it's everywhere. it's families like my family who need to play the lottery to find
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a great school. >> you have interesting statistics in here. one in 57 doctors lose their medical license. one in 97 attorneys lose their law license. for teachers only one in 2500 have lost their credentials. randy winegardener is featured and she saw the film. i want you to hear her comments. >> this is not about whether charter schools, which are public schools, whether they are good or bad in my mind. this is whether they work or not. 80% of the charter schools in the united states of america do no better or worse than the traditional public schools in america. so when a film will look at one or two or three charter schools and say, see, this is the silver bullet and you know the data, you know that's wrong. >> i realize you couldn't hear that. she's making the point that charter schools are not all they are trumped up to be, that many
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of them do fail. >> right. >> i guess the thrust of the movie is that tends to be the alternative to underperforming schools are not they are trumped up to be. and the thrust of this movie is that tends to be the alternative. >> we are failing millions of kids. these parents don't care what this school is called, can be called magana, charter, but they just want a great school. 50 teachers all across the country, for me it was the most important thing, because it was packed full of just teachers. >> some would argue that you get into areas of rubber rooms of new york, that teachers are failing their kids. >> these teachers love the movie and passionate about it. they disagreed about a little bit, but there is a conversation about it. what the movie basically says is what every parent knows, every educator is havin-- every kid i
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having great teachers stand in front of them. >> you have jeffrey candidate who became a national candidate, created the national harlem's children zone. how much were you inspired by these individuals and how did they effect change? >> they feel the stakes, and what's excite something there is a revolution happening right now. i think this is why it's happening today, a revolution coming up from teachers. you mentioned the reformers actually proving you can teach every kid in even some of the toughest neighborhoods. it is proven it can be done. now it's about getting political will. people believe it, giving every kid in america a chance for a great education. >> it is provocative. personally, i think people should see it. thank you for coming on and
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talking about "waiting for superman." we are going to be screening that film for some guests here at educator plaza. it will be good to get their thoughts. >> we will be talking about a tense inning coming up. onion, banana peppers and mustard. i like eggs with black forest ham on wheat. with everything. i like a little kick. that's a good call. i like mine with egg whites. and... a napkin. [ male announcer ] have you built your better breakfast? now's the time! try our better-for-you western egg white muffin melt or the dee-licious double bacon egg and cheese on toasty flatbread. subway. build your better breakfast. on toasty flatbread. new revlon just bitten. it's the first two-in-one lipstain and balm. the lipstain gives me a light flush of color
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slogans that don't go anywhere. we have to live within our means. we have got to take the power from the state capitol and move it down to the local level, closer to the people. and no new taxes, without voter approval. we have got to pull together not as republicans or as democrats but as californians first. at this stage in my life, i'm prepared to do exactly that. in 1994, ken burns' film "baseball" was watched by t in 1994 ken burns's "baseball" was viewed by the most ever audience on pbs. now he's back with "the 10th inning" which covers since then, the rise of new ball parks through one of the dartestkest .
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>> the game would have to go through one of the darkest ages before it would emerge stronger than ever before. teams found themselves making life altering decisions about how far they were willing to go to succeed. >> ken was kind enough to join us. thanks. this documents the most recent sequel of baseball. you don't often do sequels. >> i love the game. when you see the strike and steroids, you want to understand it other than the superficial bin ri judgments we make. so we have been struggling for the last several years. how do we compare it to the gambling scandals that are have afflicted baseball from time to time. the good news is the resiliency of the game is the star, nobody had a .350 hitting streak as
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dimaggio. no pitcher had 35 or 40 games. we have the genie in the bottle. baseball has the best testing. but we have to tell our kids and grandkids how to understand this steroid era. >> is that the best that has come out. >> they cringe. they are like do you do steroids. i am like we have to, it's part of the game. these people are role models for kids and everyone else. so when they took steroids, kids in high school were doing the same thing until we said we can't do this. >> let's take a quick listen from chris rock to talks about steroids. >> people get upset. who in the whole country wouldn't take a pill to make more money at their job? you would. hey, there's a pill and you are going to get paid like steven
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spielberg. you would take the pill. >> he's being funny, but makes a point. >> that was right to me. we do pills to do better in the bedroom, to wake up, go to sleep, for our kids to do better in the school room. and then when baseball players do it, we are shocked, shocked. we have to understand how these institution right side tied in to t -- institutions are tied into the rest of demonize, we don't anything to help us. when our players are suck cocom to this, it reflects on us. >> it is about joe torre, 9/11,
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how it helped bring the country back together. all of the joy of the game is there. but we felt like we could not deal with this. >> two, two-hours on tuesday. >> and you probld neably needed time. >> we did. >> thanks, ken. we will be back after this. words alone aren't enough. our job is to listen and find ways to help workers who lost their jobs to the spill. i'm iris cross.
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and businesses impactedg the by the spill. we've paid over $400 million in claims and set up a $20 billion independently-run claims fund. i was born in new orleans. my family still lives here. i'm gonna be here until we make this right.
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we sell lathes, mills, high-tech equipment. i had an idea to go ahead and put up a couple of items on ebay, and they brought more than our expectations. meg whitman gave me the tools to expand globally. we sell to australia, india... that big blue machine over there? it's going to malaysia on wednesday. with ebay, she created jobs for millions of people. with meg's creativity, she'll be able to create jobs here in california. i'm mariano ruiz and i'm a meg whitman success story. a city down on its luck with high unemployment and little hope suddenly gets noticed and a city down on its luck with high unemployment and little hope gets noticed and is in the middle of a glamorous reinvention. sound like a movie? it is happening in a city known more more blight than box office potential.
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peter alexander. >> reporter: think of it on hollywood on lake huron. on the set of hostile three, this scene takes place in las vegas but being shot in a less glitzy location that could use the dollars, detroit. >> we can't bring hope to a community because we are story tellers, dream weefrs. if we can't bring hope, who can. >> detroit 187 and has rolled out the red carpet for many other productions. >> to know me is to fly me. >> and the hbo series "hung." why michigan? they have been attracted by the most generous incentives. for every dollar they spend, they get up to 42 cents back from the state's government. critics argue it is a losing
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proposition for taxpayers, but some are saying it's improving their image. >> they are coming back again. it's incredible. >> reporter: manhattan, paris. even transformers iii is shooting here this month. before the tax incentives just three productions were filmed here. this year they are expecting more than 50 and will bring in more than $300 million. the state's entertainment industry has created more than 3,000 jobs. chris is a lighting technician. >> without this opportunity we would be without a job. >> reporter: producers say without a bad rap, detroit hasn't seen its final act. >> detroit is in a resurgent period. it is not down and dead. we are happy to be here and part
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of it. ro >> reporter: detroit has gone hollywood to give its residents hope. >> a check on what's coming up on meet the press. david? >> good morning. republicans this week unveiled their pledge to america, but will it be enough to persuade the country to allow republicans to take back congress. join me with. and then we kick off education nation. all coming up this morning on "meet the press" a special edition from here in new york. >> we are talking like you are 200 miles away. it's right over there. thanks! and president obama will help kick off our special education nation week tomorrow. tune in for that. >> we want to thank you both for being with us. you are taking part with brian
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williams in the town hall at noon. get involved in that. >> and t in t

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